Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a highly revered figure in British politics and the only woman to ever become British Prime Minster, has died at the age of 87. She suffered a stroke according to her spokeswoman.
Margaret Thatcher was a prominent political figure in the 20th century who has influenced so many and her presence remains in many political ideologies. Thatcher, undeniably, was a revolutionary woman who most definitely earned her title as the “Iron Lady.”
Thatcher served as Education Minister from 1970 to 1974, a time of prominent student radicalism and uncivil British politics. Despite her opposition, she successfully executed her job. Her resilience and determination led her to defeat Edward Heath in the first ballot for Conservative leadership on February 4th, 1975. Just seven days later, Thatcher was elected Conservative leader on the second ballot and became Leader of the Opposition.
Thatcher served as Leader of the Opposition from 1975 to 1979. It was during this time that she became the face of the ideological movement opposing the welfare state. As Leader of the Opposition, Thatcher made a speech on January 19th, 1976 attacking the Soviet Union. This speech led the Soviet Defense Newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda to name her the “Iron Lady,” a nickname that she proudly accepted.